Doda in Kashmir is a district in the eastern part of Jammu and Kashmir, carved out of the Udhampur district during 1948. Two legends are stating the origin of the name Doda; one is that due to the opium plant founded in a region locally called Doddi. And the other tale tells that the Doda region got its name from the migrant utensil maker Deeda who came from Multan, which is in Pakistan after partition. While sharing borders with Ramban, Anantnag, Kishtwar, Udhampur, and Chamba, Doda is situated at 5000 feet of elevation from sea level, holds many scenic and tranquil locations which should be visited by tourists at least once.
Doda is one of the most picturesque districts in Jammu and Kashmir, with hills, valleys, snow-capped mountains in the background where you can go for trekking, hiking, camping, sightseeing, and spending quality time with your loved ones. Since the tourist places in Doda are less visited by tourists and give a more peaceful environment.
Doda gives the vibe of a perfect destination which houses many hidden gems for tourists.
Famous for Religious places, Bhaderwah, or Mini Kashmir, is a small town in Doda District that is tranquil and enchanting in its way. Many religiously important temples lie in Bhaderwah town's vicinity, like, Subar Nag temple, Vasuki Nag temple, Sheetla Mata temple, Gupta Ganga Temple, Thubu Nag, Nagini Mata Temple, and Alalbani temple.
The famous Kailash Yatra starts from Bhaderwah Town gives it more holistic vibes.
The Yatra, or trek to Kailash, the most religious and holistic place for Hindus across the globe, is an Abode of Lord Shiva in Himalayan ranges. Every year in August, the Yatra takes place, which starts from Gatha to Kailash Via Manasarovar. Manasarovar is one of the sacred lakes which holds magical powers according to the Hindu Religion. Many Hindu devotees visit Doda for the Kailash yatra, including Buddhists who believe in The Kunda's holistic abilities.
Famous for Paragliding, Chinta valley is situated in Doda district, located on Bhaderwah- Jai Road 20 kilometers northeast from Bhaderwah. Covered with coniferous forests, Chinta valley is separated from Bhaderwah by Thuba Village. The stream named Chinta Nallah flows through the valley, giving it a mystical feel.
Situated at the altitude of 11000 feet from Sea level, Bhla Padri is a pristine landscape with meadows, streams, and dense forests around it on a group of small valleys. Ideal for trekking, horse riding, Bhal Padri hosts as the starting point for Mani-Mahesh Yatra held every year in June-July. While a popular destination during winter for its heavy snowfall, Bhal Padri is an ideal destination for other Doda tourist places.
Most scenic destinations in Bhaderwah, which is also listed in the top places to visit in Kashmir after Pahalgam and Gulmarg, Seoj Meadow is situated south, Kailash Kunda. Locally known as Seoj Dhar, Seoj Meadow is surrounded by snow mountains from all sides, while Seoj Stream flows through the valley in Udhampur via the Ramnagar region. Official campsite for the tourists visiting Kailash Kunda, Seoj Meadow is breathtaking and encouraging.
The best season to visit Doda in Kashmir is from March to November because of the ideal climate, tolerable temperature, and many festivities and famous Yatras.
To witness the snowfall in Doda, the best season is from December to February, depending upon the intensity of snowfall.
The nearest airport is Jammu domestic airport and Srinagar International Airport, while closest railway stations are Jammu Tawi and Udhampur railway station. You can take a cab, buses, or ask hotel services for pick-up and drop from Airports and railway stations to Doda.
Doda is well connected to Jammu and Kashmir by road, and tourists can take their private cars or luxury buses to reach Doda from any major cities in India.
Jammu, Udhampur, Anantnag, Gulmarg, Pahalgam, Kashmir valley are nearby places you can visit from Doda in Jammu and Kashmir.
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